Sunday, February 28, 2016

Home, Sweet, Home

I am back from Tripler after two weeks and I feel pretty good. They just advised me to keep my medications up and to rest. The swelling on my infected foot is coming down. I spend at least half a day in applying all my medications but I can avoid a care home. They will set me up with the Handy Van so that I can go to the VA or Tripler easily and more often without the hassle of the buses and the schedules. I will be just fine on the Island of Oahu.

"Perhaps the truth is not learned by us on Oahu, but rather,
the truth is re-called .. re-membered ... re-cognized ...
as that which is already inside of us."



Not many people at Tripler know what a blog is, very few read any blogs. And they all think somebody is making some money somewhere. It happens on Oahu and even on the mainland, and everyone has to have a Web site for the appearance of class. Social Media is nothing new, it has been evolving for several years now. Just that most are not that much aware of the value of Blogging especially on Oahu.

"Here In My Heart" By Al Martino


This will take some time, I know, but when we get these blogs going on this island of Oahu, they will be better than Facebook or Twitter for the specific needs of our dance scene. Town Dancer used to be way ahead in dancing communication on this Island but now slowing down. We must accept, for we cannot push anyone that shows no inclination to accept it. I have heard the statement, "You are making millions on my good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." -They simply do not know!

 "Social Dancing is not a sport, it is an attitude."

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dis Da One

I have always chosen this blog because has always it had the highest average per hits of any of blogs. Now I no can handle because of my failing health. I will reduce my entries to one every six days. The other Guest Authors can always do as they please as they have always done.

"Beware of the half truth, you may gave gotten the wrong half."


We have two administrators so a good Guest Author can certainly become an administrator and invite other Guest Authors. Otherwise it will die on the vine. And I will be very busy with other blogs. So it will be short and sweet. I know now what I am doing in blogging and it has nothing to do with Web Sites. We just don't have the same reader/dancers.

All potential bloggers, look into it, if have questions email.

"It's not that you can't, it's that you haven't yet,"




Thursday, February 11, 2016

update

OK, this blog remains in front of the our entire blogosphere, but losing ground ever so slowly. Mostly me, and that is not the view of the many independent minds of our friends and reader/dancers. I remind all, of SOS in blogging and it stands for the Same Old Shit. I say green on Monday and I say green on Wednesday and I say green on Friday, that is SOS. You come along on the next Monday and say blue. Wow, that is definitely not SOS. Mary calls Fred, Fred calls Sally and so on and we have readers (hits)

"Three things you cannot recover in Life: the moment after it is missed,
the word after it is said and the time after it is wasted."


I do not treat all seven blogs the same. I do more of the promoting for the newer and lower ones on the totem pole. The ones on the bottom are Latin Rhythms, Extrava Danza and Dancing in the Dark. These last three took about three months to get them out of single digit average per day hits. Which is the place most blogs in Hawaii are. The results are that they do not post any counters and hide the fact that not many are reading.

"Tangerine" by Tommy Dorsey


"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Moving into possible first place in Hawaii and a good candidate for independence are Platinum Horseshoe, (Moanalua Corridor renamed) and which now covers territory in West Oahu.  Dancing Nights which covers the Night Club action anywhere in Hawaii. Dancing Nights blog is new but doing good because it has Richie Fun and that one Guest Author makes a difference. One more and we got it made for independenc, or some steady Information Contributors.


So the thing that makes any of our blogs is the consistent up to date dance information from a variety of sources. Those reader/dancers willing to share their 2 cents with their fellow dancers, will be the most valuable of all. And of course, Photos and some are more valuable than others. We will go into that later.

"Dance is not just our sport, it defines all of us."

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Too Many, part one

By Jaycee Fukumoto, Waimanalo

Fusion and more fusion in ballroom dancing. Too many mergers of dances and too many difference dances for the "social" dancer, which most of us are. Fortunately we can eliminate all of the "for show" styles. Competition, Exhibition, Cabaret and Acrobatic Styles are meant for the "Spectator," whether they are dancers or not.We are going to settle down to much fewer dances where we can first enjoy the kind of music we really like, and then enjoy the movement to that music on the dance floor. And do it over and over again in sheer joy.

"Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative
feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other."


A Dance Ballroom in Oakland, California has introduced their latest agenda of dances in their repertoire. American Tango, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Foxtantino, Hip Hop, Hustle. Jive, Merengue, Night Club Two Step, Paso Doble, Quickstep, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Viennese Waltz, American Waltz, and Latin Waltz. -  Gawd! Much too much for us in Hawaii.


I am willing to wager that only one percent of our dancers on Oahu can dance everyone of those dances. But we must understand the protest against so much structured dances for public viewing. The same thing happened many years ago when ballet made all the strict rules and it was a difficult row to hoe.


In the graphic biography of the thrilling life of Isadora Duncan it comes out very nicely.  Isadora Duncan was the pioneer of modern dance.  She disliked classical ballet, finding it "unnatural." wanted to dance her way, which was inspired by the Greek goddesses. In bare feet, dressed in a tunic, Isadora danced, "Her Way."   Part Two in Platinum Horseshoe

"Dance is not just dance. It must be something magical because it can set us free."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dance News

From the Dance News, New York:

The last century was the information age of dancing, America was unusual in that it had its own active dance "documenters" who did more or less the same thing in the U.S. that the English did in England. However the U.S. was much less influential in the dance world, so their style didn't spread as fast or as far.. The English had the British Empire where the sun never set. and the English simply enforced their standards more broadly. Later on, they mostly decided who won the "International" competitions.

"The creative dancer is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Many years ago, "ballroom dancing" was  very different. Dancing was developed in different environments, and for different reasons. But in this century, the dances in the two disciplines  grow a little closer, until now, the distinctions are mostly technical. At the same time there are new dances introduced weekly simply to avoid the technicalities that have evolved in the disciplines.  It has caused many of us recently to start questioning the American style, asking, "Why are we doing this? What is it about American style that makes it unique and worthwhile?"

"PS, I Love You" by the Hilltoppers


The revolution in ballroom dancing is at hand and fusion is coming in from all sides. The world of "social dance" recognizes that Foxtrot and Jive are American not English. Waltz is not English either. And everyone knows that Paso Doble is Spanish. The Latin dances are increasing and becoming more solid in our social dance environment. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha remaining as the most solid of the Latin social dances in Hawaii and throughout the world.

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." ~old Hopi Indian Saying